Student/Faculty Research

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Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

An Unusual Celebration: Unraveling the Allure of Dance Performance: Afro-Peruvian Dance in the Context of Globalization and Tourism

By: Aaron Samuel Davis '14
Faculty Adviser: Rosemarie Roberts

The Story of You and Me: An Urban Pop Narrative

By: Amy Gernux '13
Faculty Adviser: N/A

Food, Language and Tango: Embodiment of Italian Transnationalism in Argentina

By: Hillary Lindsay '13
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Cole

Not a Body but a Building: Area under Deconstruction

By: Rachel Pritzlaff '13
Faculty Adviser: N/A


Student profile

Aaron Samuel Davis Aaron Samuel Davis


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Peru my junior year. I returned for a funded internship in Summer 2013 at the Afro-Peruvian Museum of El Carmen and the National Ballet of Peru in Lima. Peru's rich history in dance led me there. My honors thesis research stems from my experiences abroad.

Q: What types of research have you done?
A: I did my own independent research through honors study with the help of professors David Dorfman, Rosemarie Roberts and Leo Garofalo. My work explores the complexities between dance and tourism as it relates to Afro-Peruvian dance's rich aesthetic. I explore the relationship among race, tourism, and the destruction of Afro-Peruvian dance and the abolishment of its cultural principles.

Q: What are your future plans?
A: I plan to pursue an MFA in choreography while dancing professionally. Afterward, I intend to pursue a doctoral degree in performance studies.

Selected courses

  • Three Levels of Choreography, Dance Production
  • Music for Dance
  • Dance and Technology
  • Dance Writing
  • Acting for Dancers
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Pedagogy
  • Compositional Improvisation
  • Embodied Resistance


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